Nevins honors father by leading USF to win over Providence
University of South Florida left-hander Sara Nevins spent Thursday morning in the hospital.
Her father, Joe Nevins, had a heart attack Tuesday night and a bypass operation Thursday morning. Joe Nevins typically attends every home game to support his daughter.
He wasn't in the crowd Thursday night, but Nevins put on a show in his honor, besting Providence 3-0 in the Big East tournament quarterfinals at the USF Softball Stadium.
She struck out nine batters, allowing only three hits.
“For Sara Nevins to come out after a long day like that and tell me she was OK and wanted the ball, I was hesitant. I've got to give a lot of credit to her,” USF coach Ken Eriksen said. “She was phenomenal.”
Nevins said being able to pitch cleared her mind from worrying about her father.
“I just put everything behind me and worried about playing the game with my teammates,” she said.
Though Nevins shut down the Providence offense, USF's bats couldn't get to the Friars' Corinne Clauss until the sixth inning.
Freshman catcher Lee Ann Spivey broke open a scoreless game with a two-run single off the glove of first baseman Kristie Dederick. The Bulls added an insurance run with an RBI bunt by Dani Wayt.
The Bulls will face third-seeded Louisville, ranked No. 9 in the nation, in tonight's semifinals.
The Cardinals hit two home runs, including a grand slam by Jordan Trimble, en route to a 12-3 five-inning win over sixth-seeded Syracuse.
Top-seeded Notre Dame and fourth-seed DePaul will meet in today's first semifinal at 4p.m.
The Fighting Irish beat Seton Hall 6-0 behind shortstop Chloe Saganowich (St. Pete Catholic) and Big East Player of the Year Laura Winter.
Saganowich went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Winter pitched a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts.
DePaul advanced past Georgetown with a 1-0 win in Thursday's first game.